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Gold Medalist (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . As much as I love reviewing these old SNK games on my PlayStation 3 and PSP, I can't help but think that I'm losing something by not getting the arcade cabinet. The final straw comes when you realize you can't compete against other players. The game is set up for four players, yet you're limited to only one. Gold Medalist is a mean game. Rating: 40%
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As much as I love reviewing these old SNK games on my PlayStation 3 and PSP, I can't help but think that I'm losing something by not getting the arcade cabinet. It's not just that feeling having the authentic joystick and buttons, but also the cabinet art and special instructions guiding first-timers through the perils of the game. Actually, I don't need the cabinet art and original buttons, just give me the damn instructions!

Gold Medalist is a mini-game collection consisting of nine Olympic events. Without being too cynical, this is SNK's answer to the runaway success of Track & Field by Konami. You get the usual assortment of sports -- 100 meter dash, long jump, horizontal bars, boxing, swimming, discus throw, hurdles, high jump and the 400 meter relay. These events are short and usually require players to mash buttons until you win.

The problem is that it's never clear exactly what you're supposed to be doing. The game doesn't actually tell you what the controls are, so the first few events involve a lot of anger and frustration. Even when you go to change the button layout, the game doesn't give you any hints about what to do. Even the menus are confusing. The final straw comes when you realize you can't compete against other players. The game is set up for four players, yet you're limited to only one. Gold Medalist is a mean game.
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